Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black is Beautiful

      Really black is beautiful. Black is a color which we have in our eyes and hair. When we have a kajal or an eyeliner in black , that makes our eyes more beautiful and attractive.  
 Black is regarded as beauty , since we know that queen Cleopatra was black .
 Many won't like black .Black color is also considered as good sign. Even though , when we wore a black dress , we will be seen separately in a group of people.
 I already have black dress , so i want to have the below things in black.
 The 5 things which i want to have in Black are 
1. iPhone
   I want my phone to be in my favorite color.
2.Head phone  
 I spend most of my times hearing to music , so i want my head phone to be in black.

3. Mug  
I want to start my day with this black coffee mug.
4. Black iPad  

My iPad in my favorite color.
5. Black Audi

 If we have a black car , it will seek everyone attention , when we drove. 
  Wish to have these things soon...........
 This post is a part of #what the black activity on

Monday, July 7, 2014

Surraikai Thataipayarru kulambu / Bottlegourd Cow peas curry

     Today , i am posting another kongu recipe  which was my all time favorite . As many of our kongu recipes are dhal and pulses based , this a curry made with cow peas. 
     This curry is an authentic kongu dish , frequent in my home. This was one of the signature recipe of my mom and grandmom. This recipe was our family's favorite. 
     I had posted many kongu recipes. Kongu recipes are unique to the kongunadu region of Tamilnadu. check here for more kongu recipes..........
I love to have this curry with steamed rice and ghee.
 This was actually a tamarind based curry. My mom uses gingelly oil for this curry , which gives a unique flavor to it.

 Requirements :
Bottlegourd – 1 cup ( chopped )
Thattaipayarru / cow peas  - ¾ cup
Tamarind –  size of amla
Sambar powder – 1 tbs
Pearl onions – 10 nos
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Gingelly Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Dry red chilli – 1
Asafetida / Hing -  a pinch
Method :
Soak the cow peas for 15 minutes.
Soak the tamarind in a cup of water and extract the tamarind juice.
 My mom makes this curry in a mud pot. She boils the cow pea with required water .

Add in bottlegourd  along with pearl onion.
 When the veggie and pulse are cooked , add in the tamarind juice and the sambar powder and required salt.
 Let the curry boil , till the raw smell leaves.

Heat oil in another pan , add the asafetida and mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Add in the red chilli and curry leave , sauté well.
Add this tempering to the curry and mix well.

Surraikai thataipayarru kulambu is ready to serve.